I watched a few videos and search a couple blogs and felt ready to take on the challenge. As I prepared to make my macarons I was terrified! My sister who is an amazing baker has tried to make them and had some trouble, who knew how mine (a very novice baker) would turn out.
In the end I got a few that looked almost right. I read that the mixing is the most crucial part. Naturally the little scientist in me decided to experiment rather than making one uniform batch. I mixed up the "dough" different for amounts of time to see if I could hit the jackpot. I think it is about 30 turns. The only problem I had was that my macarons have more of a skirt than a foot on the bottom. A quick internet search found it is likely due to an oven temp that is too low.
I surprisingly enjoyed myself while making these and am actually looking forward to trying the recipie again! Now to get this nausea under control so I can actually enjoy my creations!
P.s. I'm back from NC. Everything went well and I had no rejection! I have about 6 weeks until I go again.